How to Install Bathroom Tile on Plywood

To install bathroom tile on top of plywood, you’ll have to follow a series of steps. This process is not complicated, but you will need to be willing to do some work. Here are the basics of how to install bathroom tile on plywood.

What you’ll need
Concrete board
Grout float
Tile spacers
Tape measure
Wet saw
Chalk line

Step 1: Measure
Start out by measuring the room. Get the dimensions of the room and then multiply them together to get the square footage. You will then need to add 10 percent to that number so that you allow enough for waste.

Step 2: Prepare the Bathroom
Before installing, you will want to make sure that the bathroom is ready for installation. You need to remove the toilet from the room and take the baseboards off of the wall.

Step 3: Concrete Board
You are then going to need to install concrete board on top of the plywood. You cannot install tile directly to plywood because it is not dimensionally stable enough. If you put tile directly on top of plywood, it is going to start to chip and break within a very short period of time. To install the concrete board, you need to apply some of the tile adhesive to the back of it and then press it down against the plywood. Then you want to install screws into the concrete board in each one of the holes. Use your drill to make this job simpler.

Step 4: Center
You may want to center your tile in the bathroom. To do this, you need to measure to the center point of each wall with your tape measure. Then snap a chalk line in each direction. You can then start laying in the corner of the intersection of the chalk lines in the middle of the floor.

Step 5: Start Installing
At this point, you are ready to start installing the tile. Apply some of the adhesive to the floor with your trowel and smooth it out. Then press one of the tiles down into the adhesive firmly. Make sure that there are no gaps behind the tile. Then put tile spacers on the corners of the tile and put another tile directly up against those spacers. Put tile spacers around the second tile and then continue installing tiles in this manner.

Step 6: Cutting Tiles
When you get to a cabinet or the wall, you are going to need to make a cut. You can do this by measuring the appropriate size that you need and then making the cut with your wet saw.

Step 7: Grout
After you have installed all of the tile, you need to allow it to dry overnight. Then you should be ready to grout the next day. You can apply the grout with a grout float or a trowel. After you grout, you will need to use a sponge and a bucket of water to clean the grout off of the tops of the tiles.



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